Science Festival

by: Chloe Marchand September, 2015

The Virginia Science festival is a month long string of events created to provide people all around Virginia a chance to get interested in all things STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). 

On Saturday, September 26, 2015, the Tuxedo Pandas manned a booth during this event inside of the Moss Arts Center at Virginia Tech. The team provided tribots, a small lego robot with three wheels, for kids to program and personalize to follow a line around a circle of tables. Kids ages 2 to 16 learned how to do basic programing, along with how to use light sensors, touch sensors, and ultrasonic sensors to control their robots.  The Tuxedo Pandas also had a few tables set up with Lego boxes of bricks for the younger kids where they used their creativity to build Lego master pieces. In the 5-hour event, 213 kids stopped by the Pandas’ booth to learn more about robotics and STEM.

The Tuxedo Pandas are a community robotics team involved in FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition in Science and Technology) and STEM. They are a group of middle and high schoolers, building competition robots, and going around the community sharing their passion with others.They have been invited by China FIRST to go to the World Robot Conference  in Beijing China in November 2015. In China, they will represent their level of competition and the USA, they are one of 2 teams from the US to be invited. The conference will be featuring conferences, exhibitions, and a youth robotics competition, where 40,000 people are expected. 

(Left to right) Tuxedo Panda Jessa Braak is showing Science Festival visitors, Noah Provenzano and Elijah Colliver how to program a robot.

Tuxedo Panda Chloe Marchand is following a robot built by a Science Festival attendee on the robot parade route.

(Left to right) the Tuxedo Panda team Alexis Marchand, Ethan Bass, Arnav Garg, William Tipton, Austin Downs, Jessa Braak, Chloe Marchand, Andrew Hutton, and Kenneth Clark with the Lego Master pieces created by the younger kids, who attended the Science Festival.